Cop killer Troy Whisnant had killed before

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Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 9:23 pm

Although Troy David Whisnant’s crime spree Wednesday may have seemed outrageous and shocking, the triple homicide and subsequent attempts to evade law enforcement were not the first time he displayed a capacity for violent criminal behavior. In fact, he was incarcerated for committing a similarly tragic crime more than two decades ago and had a documented history of drug abuse and psychological disturbance.

According to a February 1996 edition of The News Herald, the then 20-year-old Whisnant strolled into the Burke County Sheriff’s Department and confessed to killing his best friend, William Shane Newton, the night before, Feb. 10. Investigators said at the time that Whisnant’s motives for committing the murder were “a mystery,” although drug and alcohol abuse may have been involved.

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